Bill Cull, the city's E-government program manager, says that because city officials were so familiar with Google, it was hard to ignore the vendor's pitch. It also didn't hurt that it was being offered a special price as a public entity. The city opted for a single Google server with a license to search an index of up to 150,000 documents. The result has been a welcome improvement for the city's 8,000 computer-equipped employees and its nearly 250,000 unique monthly site visitors: Cull says employees are using stuff they didn't know existed, and citizens are sending E-mail about the search success they're having.Link Discuss (via EvHead)
To confirm that the protein was responsible not just for regulating growth but for all activities set by the biological clock, Pin-Ju Chueh, then a microbiology graduate student in Dorothy Morre's lab, isolated the gene which produced the protein within cells. The team then cloned the protein and altered it in ways that produced different period lengths.Link Discuss (via Schism Matrix)
"We found that we could produce clocks with cycles of between 22 and 42 minutes," James Morre said. "The 'day' which the cell experienced was precisely 60 times the period length of the protein's cycle. We even found that feeding cells heavy water gave them a 27-minute cycle of growth and rest, so that old piece of information served to confirm our theory."
One of the critical uncertainties about the future of smart mobs is whether or not workable, transportable, trustworthy reputation systems will evolve and spread. The potential for collective action in any population cannot be realized until the trust level rises above a threshold, and reputation can multiply the number of ways people trust each other. So far, eBay's and Slashdot's reputation system , or the more geeky trust metric used by Advogato have been the exemplars of reputation management systems.Link Discuss (Thanks, Howard!)
Affero is a new wrinkle, one that holds some promise. Specifically created to "facilitate funding for Free Software and Open Source projects and to facilitate more effective dialogue among groups", Affero works for Usenet or listservs or message boards." You register and get a URL you can put in your .sig or on a web page. People who like your posts or feel you have contributed your time and expertise to helping them with a technical problem can click on your URL and give you reputation points or contribute money (via credit card and soon via PayPal) to your chosen cause, or to the community's default cause, or all three. Organizations like the Free Software Foundation and Electronic Frontier Foundation are popular beneficiaries.
The FreeNetworks Conference (FN-CON) 2003 is focused on giving the public an in-depth look into the the fast growing worldwide movement of Community Wireless Networking (CWN).Link Discuss (Thanks, Schuyler!)
FN-CON aims to gather the experts and implementors in community wireless networking groups from across the globe, innovators from the wired community and municipal networks, and the technologists designing the hardware for future phases of this amazing movement.
The conference will combine overviews of the technologies and motivations, status reports from the frontline, and in-depth coverage of implementation details that provide the conference attendee with the knowledge to bootstrap a CWN in their own locale.
Do you feel lucky that you came out of it alive?Link NatGeo Discuss
It's not really luck. You're in a certain mindset when you're kidnapped. You want to win the respect of your captors, so they drop their guard. You want to make sure that you're always aware of what's going on. And you want to make sure that, should the moment arrive, you can escape. Because you are being held by people who chop up people with machetes. These are not boy scouts.
Because I for one wanted to do right, I did not want to sneak through that gap, I wanted to wed someone when old enough (I will soon tell who) and relocate to the appropriate facility in terms of demographics, namely Young Marrieds, such as Scranton, PA, or Mobile, AL, and then along comes Josh doing Ruthie with imperity, and no one is punished, and soon the miracle of birth results and all our Coördinators, even Mr. Delacourt, are bringing Baby Amber stuffed animals? At which point every cell or chromosome or whatever it was in my gonads that had been holding their breaths was suddenly like, Dude, slide through that gap no matter how bad it hurts, squat outside Carolyn's Privacy Tarp whispering, Carolyn, it's me, please un-Velcro your Privacy opening!Link Discuss (Thanks, Aaron!)
Then came the final straw that broke the back of my saying no to my gonads, which was I dreamed I was that black dude on MTV's "Hot and Spicy Christmas" (around like Location Indicator 34412, if you want to check it out) and Carolyn was the oiled-up white chick, and we were trying to earn the Island Vacation by miming through the ten Hot 'n' Nasty Positions before the end of "We Three Kings," only then, sadly, during Her on Top, Thumb in Mouth, her Elf Cap fell off, and as the Loser Buzzer sounded she bent low to me, saying, Oh, Jon, I wish we did not have to do this for fake in front of hundreds of kids on Spring Break doing the wave but instead could do it for real with just each other in private.
And then she kissed me with a kiss I can only describe as melting.
This is the first reported case of an association between prolonged immobility at a computer and a life-threatening embolism, says the researchers, who suggest the condition should be called "eThrombosis". However, some scientists are likely to question the link.Link Discuss
Bohner's paper had the highest percentage increase in citations in ISI Essential Science Indicators in the field of mathematics from the second to third bimonthly periods of 2002.Link Discuss
"This paper is part of a fairly new and exciting effort to unify continuous and discrete calculus," says Bohner. "Dynamic equations on time scales have been introduced in order to unify the theories of differential equations and of difference equations and in order to extend those theories to other kinds of so-called 'dynamic equations.'"
With a range of 200 metres they could split a man’s head at 15 metres and penetrate a wooden wall at 90 metres.Times Online Link Discuss (via /.)
The guns are not governed by the usual strict firearms regulations in Germany, but prosecutors in the republic’s 16 states are passing emergency rulings to try to outlaw them.
I also used to tell my competitors what gear ratios they were running by comparing their cars' pitch with mine when we were adjacent on the track, identifying the musical interval between the two pitches (minor 2nd, Major 3rd, etc.), and then using temperament ratios to figure out the difference in RPM. It got a little busy out there sometimes with all the braking, cornering, multiplication and division.Link Discuss (Thanks, Jeremy!)
I had the usual suspects memorized. Piece of cake - a major second is 9/8, major 3rd is 5/4, P4 = 4/3, P5 = 3/2 etc. For minor intervals I'd just interpolate from the nearest major/perfect.
Link Hoewing of Verizon had an op-ed in the Boston Globe last weekend about broadband. This line stopped me: "Step back, and you can see the United States is recasting the Internet as a genuine multimedia platform...." It was meant as a positive statement of what could happen if the FCC further deregulates the Bells. Instead, it epitomizes what so many companies don't understand about the Net. They have never stopped yearning for the walled gardens of video dialtone or proprietary videotext services. If the broadband Net is turned into "multimedia", it will die the same death as all previous iterations of that vision.Link Discuss
Welcome to the world of "category management," a bizarre and controversial place in which the nation's biggest retailers ask one supplier in a category to figure out how best to stock their shelves. You'd expect HarperCollins to tell Borders which of its own books are hot, of course. But that's not what's going on here. Borders has essentially tapped Harper to advise it on what cookbooks to carry from all other publishers as well.Link Discuss (Thanks, Tom!)
Strange as it may sound, category management is now standard practice at nearly every U.S. supermarket, convenience store, mass merchant, and drug chain. And its use is growing because it works -- at least from a dollars-and-cents standpoint. According to a recent survey by retail consultancy Cannondale Associates, retailers attribute 14 percent sales growth to category management; manufacturers report an 8 percent jump. Both say such collaboration is the key to maximum efficiency.
When it comes to thinking about how to regulate the science, the best test may be the "yuck factor." This is, as you might imagine, a pretty squishy concept, something along the lines of using gut reaction as a proxy for a long and unproductive philosophical debate.... Dr. Baltimore bravely soldiered on, noting that yuck changes with age and generations; teenagers aren't freaked out by the things their parents are. Indeed, yuck is as much learned as innate: An audience member cheerily volunteered that a 1-year-old will drink apple juice -- which is urine-colored -- out of a bedpan without complaint. Good point: Perhaps this is not the stuff laws should be made of.Link Discuss
The 60-year-old man, who had no history of nut allergy, suffered an anaphylactic reaction to a cashew nut just 25 days after he received the liver transplant. The 15-year-old boy did have the allergy and had died after eating a peanut.Link Discuss